6.1/10
473
19 user 1 critic

Perfect Murder, Perfect Town: JonBenét and the City of Boulder (2000)

About the infamous murder of six year old child beauty pageant contestant Jonbenet Ramsey and the hysterical media coverage that made the investigation even more difficult.

Director:

Writers:

(book), (teleplay)
Reviews
1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

To Catch a Killer (TV Movie 1992)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

"To Catch a Killer" tells the true gruesome story of John Wayne Gacy - a good friend and helpful neighbour, a great child entertainer, a respectful businessman, and a violent serial killer ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Till
Stars: Brian Dennehy, Michael Riley, Margot Kidder
Lethal Vows (TV Movie 1999)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

This psychological thriller, based on a true story, is about a seemingly upstanding, caring husband and father (Ritter) who is accused of foul play by his ex-wife regarding the mysterious ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Schneider
Stars: John Ritter, Marg Helgenberger, Megan Gallagher
The Forgotten (2004)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

After being told that their children never existed, a man and woman soon discover there is a much bigger enemy at work.

Director: Joseph Ruben
Stars: Julianne Moore, Dominic West, Christopher Kovaleski
The Executioner's Song (TV Movie 1982)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The story of Gary Gilmore, a convicted murderer who lobbied for his own execution.

Director: Lawrence Schiller
Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Christine Lahti, Rosanna Arquette
Happy Face Murders (TV Movie 1999)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

An eccentric older woman (Ann-Margret) implicates her brutal & controlling lover in the murder of a young intellectually disabled girl. Absorbed with "Murder She Wrote" and "Matlock", she ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith
Stars: Ann-Margret, Marg Helgenberger, Henry Thomas
Peter the Great (TV Mini-Series 1986)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

This is the story of Peter I, Tsar of Russia from 1682, and the constant struggle between him, his sister Sophia and the Streltsy, an important Russian military corp. The story depicts the ... See full summary »

Stars: Maximilian Schell, Vanessa Redgrave, Omar Sharif
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A Japanese skier ultimately dreamed of literally skiing Mt. Everest. He planned to ski some 8,000 feet down an icy glacier at a 40 to 45 degree angle, from the 26,000 foot level near the ... See full summary »

Directors: Bruce Nyznik, Lawrence Schiller
Stars: Yûichirô Miura, Douglas Rain
Double Jeopardy (TV Movie 1992)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Jack Hart lives with his lawyer wife and yound daughter and enjoys a wonderful life. Jack's old girlfriend, Lisa, comes into town and they have an affair. Lisa kills her current boyfriend ... See full summary »

Director: Lawrence Schiller
Stars: Rachel Ward, Bruce Boxleitner, Sela Ward
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Based on real-life events in Canada in the late 1980's, social worker Paula Jackson investigated a commune run by a messiah-like figure who referred to himself as Moses. Jackson's findings ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Azzopardi
Stars: Polly Walker, Luc Picard, Isabelle Blais
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Director: Edward Lucas
Stars: Alice Barrett, Rod Britt, Hildy Brooks
American Tragedy (TV Movie 2000)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Johnnie Cochran defends O.J. Simpson who is on trial for his wife's murder.

Director: Lawrence Schiller
Stars: Ving Rhames, Ron Silver, Bruno Kirby
In My Daughter's Name (TV Movie 1992)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Laura Elias's daughter is raped and murdered by Peter Lipton. With the support of Peter's affluential parents he pleads "guilty due to insanity". The jury acquits him because of insanity. ... See full summary »

Director: Jud Taylor
Stars: Donna Mills, John Getz, John Rubinstein
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Lou Smit
...
...
...
Alex Hunter
...
Larry Mason
...
Peter Hofstrom
...
Steve Thomas
...
Detective Linda Arndt
...
Jeff Shapiro
...
Rev. Hoverstock
...
Kit Andre
...
Chief Koby
Murphy Guyer ...
John Eller
...
Linda Hoffmann-Pugh (Ramsey Housekeeper)
Edit

Storyline

About the infamous murder of six year old child beauty pageant contestant Jonbenet Ramsey and the hysterical media coverage that made the investigation even more difficult.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

27 February 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crime na Cidade Perfeita  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Dyanne the child who played Jonbenet, did not participate in the murder scenes or see the basement. She was also aways referred to as by her name and never jonbenet. See more »

Goofs

Two Tabloid reporters meet in the International Airport in Denver, Colorado, near a fountain. Built to completion in 1994, the Jeppesen Terminal Building still had no complete fountain in the center of the hall until years later. In fact, in April of 1997,the year depicted in the scene, an artist had not even been chosen for the fountain project, who chose the multi-level system of fountains seen in the background. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
JonBenet would have been 22...
20 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This year, sad to reflect on this.

This film is convoluted and protracted, as a few other critics have mentioned. While a few good performances are presented (Ann-Margret, as Nedra, Patsy Ramsey's mother) and Marge Helgenberger as narcissistic and erratic Patsy Ramsey. Also Kris Kristoffersen is interesting, but portrays detective Lou Smit, who has sided with the Ramseys and offered no other possible explanations, and there were many.

So many people had keys to that house. A Christmas party in 1996 with over 50 people in their Colorado home.

I wanted to like this film as the case even today is intriguing and labyrinthine. But the film diverges onto sub-plots (some unnecessary, the audience knows tabloid reporters will sell their own grandmother for a headline). Ken Howard portrays the D.A., Alex Hunter and yet we do not see Harold Haddon, the defense attorney and the defense side here, and the machinations of the American legal system, the control over Bolder Police Department, and the possible obstructions to justice and obfuscations created by the defense.

By now we in the U.S. have seen many bungled and sad cases like this with "baffled" police and powerful District Attorneys, as well as corrupt defense attorneys. Sad that JonBenet herself may never see justice (the parents motives have been questionable), and new facts may not come to light.

A highly recommended book on this case is recommended: Steve Thomas wrote a few investigative theories, and also Jeffrey Scott Shapiro. Worth looking into for those interested in facts and true crime investigations. A curiosity piece as a movie, but in my opinion the audience today is more savvy and deserves some answers. 5/10.


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Parents Innocent scarlettangel_22
Song at the beginning credits Elizabeth16
Anywhere i can watch this online? vikk-b
Way Too Obvious.... CaptiveJeans
The worst reenactment of a dead body on film snappy_111
WHEN....... Lilac-Princess

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?